Scottish Youth Turn Monument Vandalism into Positive Action

The ruins of Kilwinning Abbey, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

The ruins of Kilwinning Abbey, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Vandalism to a World War I memorial on the grounds of Kilwinning Abbey, Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland, caught the attention of local students who have used the incident as the basis for boosting public awareness of the First World War centenary in their community.

A cenotaph memorial on the grounds of the abbey was recently desecrated by vandals and while the damage was quickly addressed by the North Ayrshire council, a number of students at the nearby St. Winnings primary school learned of the damage to the monument and were spurred to action.  Canvassing the community, they were surprised to discover a lack of public knowledge of the monument’s existence.

A student-organized fundraising effort seeks to generate funds to improve the grounds around the memorial and to boost local awareness of its significance in time for the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War which will be marked on August 4, 2014.

The town of Kilwinning, located near the southwestern coast of Scotland, is known as “the crossroads of Ayrshire”.  In 1966, it was incorporated into the boundaries of Irvine New Town.   Kilwinning’s population in 2011 was slightly more that 16,000 persons.

For more information see the Irvine Herald story here.


5-Year Commemoration Program For Scotland Announced

Scottish troops behind the lines in WW1.

Scottish troops behind the lines in WW1.

Scotland’s Commemorations Panel for The First World War has announced a five-year program of events aimed at marking the centenary of the war with particular emphasis on Scotland’s contributions and sacrifices.  Beginning with a recreation of a WW1 drum-head service at Edinburgh Castle in August of 2014, the program of events will focus on key battles and events  from The Great War in which Scottish troops were particularly involved.

The Commemorations Panel is headed by former British Army chaplain Rev. Norman Drummond and represents collaboration by numerous government, veteran and community organizations throughout the country.

For more information, see The Scotsman online article here.